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The Tapestry of Love Paperback – October 14, 2010

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About the Author

Rosy Thornton teaches at Cambridge University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755345576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345571
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Tapestry of Love, is a delightful new novel by Rosy Thornton. Catherine Parkstone has traded her empty nest in England for a cottage in the Cevannes mountains, a place she remembers fondly from vacations as a child. She quickly establishes herself as a "needlewoman" gifted in the design of "home furnishings and tapestries," and makes friends with an assortment of likeable neighbors in the small village of La Grelaudiere. Rather more than friends, in fact, with the mysterious and handsome Patrick Castagnol, who plys her with food, wine, and intriguing conversation.

Of course there are some rough patches on this cobblestone road, for life (and good novels) are never complete without them. (Like when Catherine's younger sister Bryony shows up for a visit and steps squarely in the midst of the budding relationship between Catherine and Patrick!) But Catherine navigates them with grace and aplomb, and comes out wiser and stronger on the other side.

The thing I loved about this novel is the way Thornton takes an everyday sort of life and expands it into a wonderful, meaningful story. After all, Catherine isn't all that different from me, really - she has grown children she misses, an ailing mum she worries about, an avocation turning into a career. Yet in Thornton's hands, Catherine's story becomes compelling and thought provoking. I think it's Thornton's intimate writing style, the perfect amount of attention to the small detail, and her deft characterizations that make her novels such a joy to read.

Tapestry of Love weaves a charming portrait of a woman's life, of a place she choose to live and comes to love, and of the relationships which make her days meaningful.
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Gentle, lyrical story that was just as much a break from my chaotic world as was the story for the central characters. I enjoyed this book very much and immediately went searching for others by this competent author.
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Parkstone has decided to take her life to another country. Not to not start again, but jump-start the one she is living. The divorce is years past, the children on their own, and now it is time for Catherine to put some life in the years.

She starts a needlework and upholstery business, prepares a garden, and contemplates raising some pigs on the small piece of real estate she now owns in France. The neighbors are skeptical at first, but soon warm up to her and become clients as well as friends. There are quiet mornings, the ability to walk everywhere, and figure out exactly who she is going to become.

There are family issues but there always are and for some reason they always involve sisters. Catherine and her sister may be adults but there is the underlying competition even for the one man Catherine had a feelings toward. Patrick is secretive and shares the love of a good bottle of wine over conversation but Catherine is not going to fight for him, or will she? He will have to decide which sister he wants and hope that she will also want him back.

This book must be read for its glorious writing, endearing characters, and beautiful setting. Catherine is a woman who I admire because she is on her own and creates a life she wants to live.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Catherine Parkestone has embarked upon a new life. Having lived in England through most of her life, she still has memories of time spent in the French countryside. So buying an old house near a small village in France seems like the perfect step in her life. And for her desire to begin her business of soft furnishings--needlepoint, tapestries, etc.

At first, the local farmers and others who surround her seem foreign and different. Their lives follow certain patterns that are strange to her. And the rainy season seems daunting.

But slowly, and over a period of time, Catherine comes to know, accept, and even feel comfortable with her neighbors and this life.

Taking on a special restoration of an old church banner signifies her final mission toward really belonging. But will the bureaucratic trappings that seemingly present obstacles to her burgeoning business do her in? And will a sudden loss take her away from this new life in the end?

What Catherine finally decides to do leads to a very satisfying conclusion for this idyllic tale. The Tapestry Of Love is really all about memory, nostalgia, childhood dreams, and how one can find new life in unusual places. I loved the characters, described so beautifully through their actions and their surroundings. This story made me long to visit the French countryside and meet characters just like these. Four stars.
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Format: Paperback
This is the perfect book to just take your time and savor the words. The story is slow but not in a bad sense, but rather one where you really get the opportunity to know the characters and the inhabitants of the tiny village in the Cevennes Mountains. I would totally recommend before reading The Tapestry of Love that you visit Les Cevennes website. After doing that, envisioning the location, the homes, and even the people who live there makes the story come alive in your mind. Catherine is a woman that I would love to know in real life. She's resilient and learns to depend on herself and embrace life.

Recommend? Absolutely...take your time, make a cup of tea and immerse yourself in this story!
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